21 hours, 45 minutes ago 0
Posted in: Body Mind, Somatics

As a holistic practitioner, I understand that all is interconnected in some way. The environment in which I grow is a macrocosm of the microcosm of a single cell within me. How I observe affects what is being observed and affects the results. What I bring to the process will determine what I discover Consciousness exists in cellular structure and carries an energetic message My personal subjective content of my life affects all I understand that complexity lies in simplicity […]

Read More

21 hours, 56 minutes ago 0
Posted in: Uncategorized

Somatic work is a way of connecting on a deep internal level to understand and know ourselves from a sensing place. In the last two newsletters we explored the proprioceptive concepts of weight sensing and weight flow. We start with sensing our weight, then yielding into connection with gravity, we push to activate our muscular kinetic chain in so doing we create a separateness from the earth (or our support). We begin to experience our self as connected to the […]

Read More

Cultivating Presence
1 year, 10 months ago Comments Off on Cultivating Presence

Moments of meeting and acknowledging, of listening and offering Each sensation has its own story that seeks to be heard. Bonnie Badenoch I spent 2017 studying Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) with Bonnie Badenoch. We started each day with a practice of embodiment so we could focus and respond to energy and information a little differently. Starting from the ground, we moved our awareness upward through our bodies, noticing sensations and resting in them. In this way we were meeting and integrating parts […]

Read More

Learn To Practice Joy
1 year, 11 months ago Comments Off on Learn To Practice Joy
Posted in: Uncategorized

I was catching up on my CBC Tapestry listening the other day and was struck by this one 7 minute segment on Joy. In this portion of the podcast Chade-Meng Tan explained that by ‘thin slicing’ moments of joy we can increase our happiness. By thin slicing, Chade means the space they occur is small and the duration is short. He explains it is as simple as noticing the small experiences when we feel joy. These brief moments of pleasure […]

Read More

CranioSacral Therapy: Where Science and Energy Meet.
2 years, 1 month ago Comments Off on CranioSacral Therapy: Where Science and Energy Meet.
Posted in: Uncategorized

Recently a client wrote asking me “whether craniosacral is considered energy work, or is there more of a science-oriented theory to it? . . . some effects of acupuncture can be explained physiologically, the traditional understanding of influencing a person’s energy has a way of taking away its legitimacy in a western medicine oriented society.  I. . . have been left wondering how someone can use energy to help someone else.  Because I personally had an emotional release with energy […]

Read More

More Movement for Anxiety Relief
2 years, 9 months ago Comments Off on More Movement for Anxiety Relief

“…as our attunement with others increases – we become viscerally aware of how our resonance circuits draw us deep within each other – we may become open to a felt awareness of how inextricably interwoven we are with one another” Daniel Siegel in Being a BrainWise Therapist 40 My body and movement life are responsible for Implicit memory. My muscles and other tissues record the events of my life. In the last two newsletters I have used a 3 ring circuit to […]

Read More

How Movement Can Help Manage Your Anxiety
2 years, 10 months ago Comments Off on How Movement Can Help Manage Your Anxiety

In my last post I talked about how our whole brain pays attention. Our whole brain is responsible for language, logic, creativity and relationships. Each hemisphere pays attention differently, the left in bits and in a linear fashion, makes finite conclusions, the right seeing the whole and relational, it takes in the emotional embodied content, and is not certain. To learn something we need to break it down to understand the components, but put it back together to gain a […]

Read More

Be In Your Body, Be in your Brain
2 years, 11 months ago Comments Off on Be In Your Body, Be in your Brain

We are hardwired for safety and survival and that involves communication both emotionally and rationally. As social beings we are designed to connect. We have our social engagement network at our brainstem, our emotional attachment network higher up within our mammalian brain, at the amygdala, and our cerebral cortex rests on top. All these structures are two sided.   “Right and left hemisphere are involved in absolutely everything but in a consistently different way.” Iain McGilchrist Although our brain is […]

Read More

Sudoku for your Body
3 years ago Comments Off on Sudoku for your Body

After all the feasting and celebrating that comes with the holidays surrounding the Winter Solstice, we all tend to make a resolution to ‘get in shape’ with the new year. Many head to the Gym for a new routine and are surprised that within 3 months they have fallen right back into their same old patterns asking why can’t I stay with a program? Our bodies are the home to our souls. As we age, it is crucial to keep […]

Read More

EMDR and Trauma
3 years, 1 month ago Comments Off on EMDR and Trauma

My partner and I recently completed the 60 hour training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). A different explanation of the acronym is Eyes Moving, Digest, and Recover. Many of us agreed this was a much easier explanation of what was taking place in this therapeutic protocol. “. . . negative experiences and unmet developmental needs can block ‘healthy’ information processing.” ( Francine Shapiro) We store information via thoughts, pictures, smells, tastes, emotions and sensations. Each new experience is layered […]

Read More

Psychotherapy Toronto - Craniosacral Therapy Toronto - CMA Therapist Toronto